Mayor Huervas asks barangay captains to form contact tracing teams


Valencia City Mayor Azucena P. Huervas has ordered all barangay captains to create their respective contact tracing teams (CTTs) for those who have exposure to confirmed coronavirus disease patients.

The local chief executive said the barangay captains have to submit the final list of their CTTs to City Vice Mayor Policarpo P. Murillo, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations and Command Center of the city on or before Wednesday, August 12.

“The Incident Commander is likewise directed to exercise overall supervision over the Barangay CTTs and, together with the City Health Office, shall conduct capacity training to ensure efficient performance of the functions,” she said.

The creation of the CTTs is in accordance with the advisory issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Consistent with the new strategy ‘Covid Aksyon Tinabangay Kauban ang Barangay’ and pertinent DILG issuances, all Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) are hereby constituted as the Barangay Contact Tracing Teams which must include one barangay tanod member and two barangay health workers, one of whom is preferably a nurse or midwife,” Huervas said.

She said that Punong Barangay may add additional members to the contact tracing team as may be necessary.